Hope springs eternal in Boston after the nail-biter overtime win at Washington today.
The Boston Bruins came out hard and fast early in the first period. At 5:56 a rocket from Rich Peverley (assisted by Ference and Bergeron) slid past Braden Holtby. Less than four minutes later, Caps' Mike Green (assisted by Ward and Hamrlik) fired a 38-foot slapshot past veteran Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. First period scoring was rounded out with a tip-in from Boston's David Krejci (16:48).
Defensive and goaltending play tightened up as both teams pinned their ears back for the second period. The loan goal came on a Niklas Backstrom-Roman Hamrlik assisted long snap from Jason Chimera.
After the second, the score stood at 2-2.
Middle of the third period: The opening goal of the period came on an Andrew Ference wrist-shot off a Tyler Seguin assist. Perhaps the most exciting moment of the third was the tying effort by Alex Ovechkin.
After an icing call on Boston, the subsequent faceoff to the right of the Bruins' net resulted in a goal. Backstrom won the offensive-zone faceoff with Rich Peverley and knocked it back to Ovechkin who trickled it between the legs of goaltender Tim Thomas.
That clutch goal at 15:08 in the third period forced a sudden-death overtime period. Both teams played smart, avoiding their past minor penalties for hooking, roughing and the like.
The period lasted just three minutes and 17 seconds.
The game-winner resulted from a giveaway by Backstrom who dished it up to Tyler Seguin. After a few good moves to shake Caps defensemen, Seguin faked-out goaltender Braden Holtby for the open-net wrist-shot for the win.
After the game, Seguin told NBC Sports that he respected Holtby's skill at the net and that he is looking forward to the series finisher in Boston on Wednesday.